Books I have written or contributed to

The Wild Other, published by Hodder Books

My memoir of love, loss, motherhood, sex and danger is published by Hodder on 9th February 2017. I had a very unconventional and very happy childhood in Wiltshire, which ended in the most violent way when my mother suffered fell from her horse out riding and was left horrifically brain damaged. This early experience of loss and trauma has informed everything I have done since then.

Mum’s accident sent me out into the world on a journey that took me to the brink of self destruction, where I sought wild experiences in the form of wild horses, sex, narcotics and wild men. The book is also about the devastating power of nature to destroy and heal, and I hope that my five children will not be alarmed by it.

  • Red Magazine: “A startling and raw memoir, which has drawn comparisons to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.”
  • Elizabeth Day, The Pool: “An extraordinary memoir . . . Stroud writes with moving, eloquent honesty.”
  • Olivia Laing, author of The Lonely City: “Stroud’s clear-eyed look at how wildness and domesticity have entwined in her life is both heartening and inspiring.”
  • Tatler: “A heart wrenching story, told in haunting, lyrical prose.”
  • Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times: “There is so much richly evoked life here . . . beautifully written.”
  • Sunday Express: “The Wild Other will enthral anyone with wanderlust.”
  • Good Housekeeping: “A…beautifully written account of a search for healing.”
  • Rosie Boycott: “Clover Stroud’s extraordinary memoir charts her journey from child to adult…proving that bravery – and love – will triumph even in the darkest situations.”
  • Woman and Home: ”An uplifting and achingly honest personal story.”
  • Gaby Hinsliff: “The Wild Other is…one of those books that makes you resolve to wring every last exhilarating drop from life while you can.”
  • Juliet Nicholson, Daily Telegraph: ”Some books have the power to make you reconsider certainties… Clover Stroud’s astonishing memoir, The Wild Other, is such a book.”

Things I Wish I’d Known, published by Icon Books

I was a contributor to the anthology on motherhood called, Things I Wish I’d Known:Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood. This is a funny, frank and deeply honest collection of essays on what it really feels like to become a mother by some of the nations favourite writers, including Bryony Gordon, Jenny Colgan, Adele Parks and Esther Walker.

  • “This collection of very funny essays is the essential gift for pregnant friends.” – Stylist
  • “From labour and IVF to weaning and post-birth sex, each author is brutally honest about their experiences, ensuring you will laugh and cry along with them.” – Essentials
  • “Filled to the brim with the type of parenting advice you wish your friends had actually told you” – Pregnancy & Parenting
  • “Witty and honest accounts of motherhood” – Sainsbury’s Magazine
  • “Whether you want to prepare for future motherhood or reminisce fondly, we know just the book for you” – Woman & Home
  • “A collection of eye-opening, fiesty and moving accounts of motherhood.” – Daily Express
  • “Useful, funny and uplifting, this is the quintessential new mummy gift” – Sunday Independent

Cool Camping:Kids, published by Punk Publishing

Inspired by my column about camping with my children in The Sunday Telegraph, I was also the lead author of a guidebook which is part of the Cool Camping range. You can read about my book, Cool Camping:Kids, here.